loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies
Documenting the unexpected reunion of one of the most influential bands in alternative rock, loudQUIETloud is not just a road-story of the Pixies reunion tour in 2004. It is more about how its individual members struggle with balancing old postures and lingering demons with an intense nostalgia emerging from an adoring fanbase. With each member unsettled in middle age, the film reveals how artistic desperation in your 40s comes in different guises—as perhaps salvation for Kim Deal, who was struggling with rehab living in her mother’s attic, or a need for financial security for Joey Santiago, who became a father for the second time. But the film is also telling in how old dysfunctional communication patterns die hard—a close “family” the Pixies were not. So with a stage set for potential disaster, it is possible that directors Cantor and Galkin were hoping for a dramatic conflict to emerge that would impart a gripping story arc to Some Kind of Monster or I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. But that never happens. As a result, without an extraordinary dramatic thread, lQl is best approached as a study of subtler elements than viewed as a self-contained whole. And watching it is like appreciating a painting that is less interesting in its entirety than the fascinating details scattered here and there.